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Do you have an undiagnosed RSI?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Workplace Injuries |

Though some jobs undoubtedly have much more involved levels of danger than others, all jobs have some level of risk. This goes for everyone from car mechanics to cashiers, from receptionists to painters.

One risk that almost every worker faces involves repetitive strain or stress injuries to just about any part of the body.

The basics of an RSI

Healthline discusses the common ailment repetitive stress injuries, or RSIs. These injuries result from moving a part of the body in the same way over and over, day after day. Anyone who performs a repetitive motion at work – which is a huge percentage of workers – faces this issue.

RSIs can take anywhere from hours to weeks or even months to grow noticeable. This depends on a number of factors, including the overall health and wellness of the victim and the type of action they repeat while on the job.

Potential red flags and effects

Many workers may even continue their jobs without ever realizing they have an RSI. Signs can include a pain or sensation of tightness in the area. Numbness or tingling may also occur, as the swelling from an RSI can compress nerves in the area.

If the swelling from an RSI does not get reduced quickly, it can actually cause long-lasting or even permanent damage to the surrounding tissue. This poses a particularly dangerous problem in the event of nerve damage happening.

It is why many workers who suffer from RSIs will seek compensation. This helps fund the worker’s time away from their job, which is a crucial step of the recovery process.